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New Lace Lichen Trail is OPEN!

Nature put on a dazzling display of great weather for the "un-grand" opening of the Lace Lichen Trail, which now gives visitors a complete, wheelchair and stroller accessible, off-road path from the entrance to Sea Lion Point..  I walked it from the docent center area all the way out to the Sea Lion Point parking lot.  The sunlight dappling through the trees gave it a grand look despite the low-key opening.  It's beautiful!  

New Lace Lichen Trail is OPEN!

Nature put on a dazzling display of great weather for the "un-grand" opening of the Lace Lichen Trail, which now gives visitors a complete, wheelchair and stroller accessible, off-road path from the entrance to Sea Lion Point..  I walked it from the docent center area all the way out to the Sea Lion Point parking lot.  The sunlight dappling through the trees gave it a grand look despite the low-key opening.  It's beautiful!  

Delightful springtime sightings: fawns and humpback whales

June 5, Mary Conway

Visitors reported to me both on Monday and this Friday afternoon of 2-3 fawns at the Pinnacle Point end of Cypress Grove trail AND both afternoons also reported gleefully that whales were breaching off of North Point. 2 times in one week might mean good odds to see them some more in the next few days.

Baby Updates at the Reserve

Well, today was an update for our otter 696"b"; (as Dave Evans has so aptly named our pup); and a new little addition at the Pelican Point platform lookout! You will find the little bunny near the lookout often, if all is quiet! And as for our otter twin, it's almost a given that between 1-3PM she brings her pup to show off to visitors right by the road at Whalers Cove, just up from the rescue boat sheds. She likes the kelp near the road, where she anchors, sleeps and then nurtures her little one.  ( I think she is showing it off to visitors).

Docent gets schooled, and thoroughly enjoys it.

Every once in a while a docent has an experience that makes him even happier to be a docent.  Friday the 13th of March was just one of those days.  My monthly walk group included a charming young woman (3rd or 4th grader, with her parents) who blurted out "a rock!" as we approached the large granodiorite boulder in the Cypress Grove trail above Headland Cove.  She was clearly impressed by this rock.

Otter Twins!

It's hard to know which part of this story is most exciting- the fact that otter twins were born at Point Lobos or the rescue effort on the part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation program.

Poem for the twin otters born 2/26/15

A note from otter 696 to his sister

We’re twins you and I
born only yesterday, 
you were first, and I was second


we were to share the open ocean
and cuddle with our mother,
but fate would call a different tune
and placed me in the care of others


my life is one of interventions
yours, the adventures of the unforgiving sea


someday when our paths may cross
you’ll tell me of things I only dreamed could be

Otter twins!!!

Visitors alerted us to the birth of twin otter  pups on February 26! Mom was straining to handle the two pups and we could see that she was overtaxed! A diver's boat was coming in after a dive and caused her to panic and she grabbed one pup, leaving the other on a rock where she had hauled out to care for her two new little ones! The one that was left to fend for himself fell off the rock and into the crevisses and was being beaten by the incoming high tide!

Startling change in sea lion behavior

Fred Brown posted this observation on the docent website on January 24:

A magical day to be at Point Lobos

"Docent News" item by Ed Clifton: